My Love of 2016 ❤
I know we still have about 4 months to go before the end of 2016 and there are still dramas I’m anticipating, but I pretty sure that Dear My Friends is on the top of my list of favorite 2016 dramas.
Dear My Friends isn’t exactly the kind of drama I would eagerly pick up. There were a lot of things I considered before actually watching it. I didn’t think that a drama about a group of old friends would be that interesting and despite the good reviews at the start, I was still skeptical.
But I decided to give it a try and it was probably the best decision I made. It was a truly enjoyable and wonderful drama, there aren’t even enough words to express how much I absolutely loved it.
THOUGHTS & DISCUSSION
It definitely sounds boring from the description alone about how it’s just about a group of old friends going about their lives.
But surprisingly, it was really interesting and fun! All of the characters were relatable to a certain extent and they are all so lovable ❤
If I had to pick my favorite character…. it would be between Choong Nam and Jung Ah. I can’t decide which one but I loved these two best!
I love how Choong Nam is always so direct. Sometimes the things she says sound harsh and sometimes it seems like she’s not a very nice person (hard to find a word to describe it) – but actually deep down she’s nice and kind. It’s like even though she says harsh things, she’ll still act kindly. Like for example, when Suk Gyun asks her to stay to eat with him, even though they always bicker, she still sits and eat with him.
I also love Jung Ah. Her patience is amazing! I don’t think I could ever have that much patience – but I love her best for always being there for Hee Ja. As much as she gets annoyed by Hee Ja’s contant paranoia and late night calls, she is usually always there for Hee Ja. And bonus points when she actually left Suk Gyun!
I could totally understand where she’s coming from. It wasn’t an intentional act to make Suk Gyun angry – but she wants to live for herself for once. In a way, it’s a bit similar to myself. They say if you want to find happiness, you should take a look at yourself and exclude everyone else, even your closest family members.
When we think of others, even though we honestly and really love them, sometimes it’s hard to be happy because we keep doing things for them which doesn’t always contribute to our own happiness. No matter how willing we are to always go the extra mile, it’s always natural to feel sad after some time because at times you realized you are not living for yourself, but just existing to live for others.
There’s nothing wrong with this but Jung Ah has always put her family before herself for the longest time, so it’s great that she finally decides to do herself a favor and do what’s best for herself.
It also serves as a reminder to all of us – that being happy with ourselves is important. Knowing yourself and loving yourself is crucial. It’s totally fine to do things for others and loving them, but we must know the balance and love ourselves just as much. Don’t lose yourself trying to love somebody else.
All of the other characters are just as great too and I do love all of them!
Overall, it was a really nice drama – very relatable and there’s a lot to learn from it. I don’t think it’s everyone’s cup of tea though. People around me said it was too slow for their liking. I wouldn’t call it slow at all. It’s somewhat touching and heartwarming but I agree that not everyone likes such drama.